23 Jul 2018
HOW TO SAVE PETROL AS YOU DRIVE
In case you hadn’t already noticed, fuel isn’t getting any cheaper. As much as it sucks, until we figure out how to grow wings and fly we’re going to have to figure out how to make trips to the pump fewer and further between. So regardless of whether you scooter to work or drive an 18-wheeler for a living, here are some ideas to make every drop count.
Drive like a boxer
This doesn’t mean to say you should punch the gas as soon as the light turns green, but it goes without saying that each time you press the accelerator you burn a bit of fuel. That being said, try channel your inner Muhammed Ali and be a little lighter underfoot. By leaving enough room in front you’ll be able to anticipate your moves and maintain a more constant speed because you won’t have to react so suddenly. Driving with a little foresight is also great for your tyres, because the faster you accelerate or decelerate, the more rubber you leave on the road.
Take care of your baby
It may not be in the family forever, but if you take care of your car it will take care of you. Things like making sure your fluids are topped up, regular servicing and ensuring your tyres are at the right pressure seem like no-brainers, but how often do you hear people complaining that their car isn’t running as it should because of something as simple as a bit of oil? Just like a child, if you take the time and invest in its future, it’s quality of life will rub off on yours. Even if that just means feeding it higher quality fuel and giving it a nicer pair of “shoes”.
Keep your kicks fresh
Speaking of shoes, because your tyres are the only part of your car that make contact with the road, making sure they’re in optimal condition will ensure that all the other fuel saving techniques we’ve talked about can keep your tank full for longer. The easiest way to start with tyre care is making sure they’re at the right pressure. Not only are correctly inflated tyres safer, but they’re more fuel efficient because you aren’t wasting any petrol on rubber that shouldn’t be in contact with the road. Checking at least once a month is recommended, and with the digital pumps available at gas stations it’s easier than filling your car – and it’s free.
Make a plan
When you know you have to drive somewhere, think about when you need to do it and the roads you’re going to take. Heading to the supermarket straight after work in rush-hour traffic will take a while longer than it would a couple of hours later, and by that time the roads will be safer and you’ll be able to drive lighter on your pedals. By avoiding peak times you’ll arrive quicker, safer and you’ll waste less fuel.